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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Chargers

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Need to Know: Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Chargers

LOS ANGELES--Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 10, seven days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins Kickoff 3 p.m., NBC Sports Washington; Redskins vs. Chargers, FOX, 4:05

Days until:

—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 7
—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 14
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 137

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Chargers

AFC vs NFC: Is the one-game difference between the 6-6 Chargers and 5-7 Redskins due at least in part to the conferences that each team plays in? The NFC is decidedly the stronger of the two conferences this year, with a .574 winning percentage (27-20) vs. the AFC this year. The Redskins are 1-1 vs. the AFC this year with a convincing win over the Raiders and a thisclose loss at Kansas City. The Chargers lost a close one to the Eagles, won in New York and smoked the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. I’m not sure how that stacks up exactly but it’s worth throwing in the mix to consider.

Home field disadvantage? Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen told reporters on a conference call earlier this week that the Chargers don’t really have a home-field advantage in the 32,000-seat StubHub Center. The question is, will the Redskins seize the crowd advantage. There were plenty of Redskins fans in the LA Coliseum earlier this year for the win over the Rams. Perhaps they will show up in force again today. Several thousand Redskins fans and a few big plays for Washington could get the venue rocking in favor of the visiting team.

Chargers have advantages: Regardless of the conference rivalries and stadium noise factors, the Chargers have the edge over the Redskins in many key areas. The best quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive line (given the Redskins’ injuries there) and edge rushers will be wearing Chargers blue. Sure, Kirk Cousins, Josh Doctson, and Ryan Kerrigan are capable of big games. As they say, that’s why they play the games.

How the Redskins can win:

  • Balance the offense: The Redskins have to pass well to win but they also need to mix in a healthy dose of an effective running game. San Diego is 31st in the NFL against the run so Samaje Perine could have a big day.
  • Hold on to the ball: Their four turnovers against the Cowboys killed their chances of winning. On the season, they have turned the ball over 14 times in their losses, just six times in their wins.

Prediction: This is a winnable game for the Redskins if Trent Williams and Morgan Moses, both listed as questionable, can play and be effective against Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. Cousins needs to have a big day and, as noted above, Perine needs to get going, too. But I’m going to go with the Chargers here. Just too many ifs against a team that has better players at so many important positions.

Chargers 24, Redskins 20

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Senior Bowl Preview: All eyes on the quarterbacks as Redskins must consider options

Senior Bowl Preview: All eyes on the quarterbacks as Redskins must consider options

MOBILE — Kirk Cousins remains the best option to be the Redskins quarterback of the future, but that future isn't very secure. For the past two seasons, Washington has been unable to get a long-term deal done with Cousins and optimism is low heading into the 2018 negotiating period. 

At this point, after consecutive franchise tags, it might be time for the Redskins to look at options beyond Cousins. Colt McCoy is under contract for 2018, and head coach Jay Gruden has repeatedly voiced confidence in the famed Texas product. 

Big picture, however, the Redskins need to find their QB for 2018, and beyond. Perhaps that will be Cousins, but it's time for serious due diligence. 

That means the Washington contingent heading to Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl needs to be watching the quarterbacks. And there's a lot to watch. 

Senior Bowl rosters are loaded with future NFL talent at all different positions. NBC Sports will have much more on that later in the week, but to kick things off, start with the passers. 

MORE: WHAT CAN THE REDSKINS LEARN FROM THE EAGLES?

  • 1) Baker Mayfield - Nobody will have a brighter light on them in Mobile than Mayfield. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner made big splashes on the field for Oklahoma, posting video game numbers. He threw for more than 4,600 yards in 14 games to go with 43 touchdowns against only six interceptions. He completed a crazy 70 percent of his throws, which is very high for a college passer. There was some off-field immaturity, and a February 2017 arrest, but those issues aren't expected to cause him to slide in the draft. A number of draft experts predict Washington drafting Mayfield with the 13th overall pick, but there will be plenty of teams ahead of the Redskins that need a passer. Mobile will give the Redskins brass a chance to meet and learn who Mayfield is off the field, and that will be vitally important, along with figuring out if there are reasons to be concerned about his height on the pro football level. 
  • 2)  Josh Allen - Big arm and traditional pocket passer, Allen will ace the eyeball test from talent evaluators. His 2017 numbers from Wyoming will not, however, and he will need a strong showing at pre-draft workouts. Mel Kiper suggested Allen could go as high as No. 1 overall, and at 6-foot-5, 230 lbs., there is clearly not a lack of physical talent. In his last two seasons at Wyoming, Allen threw for more than 5,000 yards along with 44 TDs against 21 INTs. Don't try too hard to compare Mayfield and Allen's stats, as comparing the talent and situations at Oklahoma and Wyoming are wildy different. Many NFL scouts love Allen, but some worry about his accuracy. In college, he completed just 56 percent of his passes. He may be a boom or bust type pick, but after the success of Carson Wentz coming out of North Dakota State, teams will be more willing to roll the dice on the Wyoming Cowboy in Allen. 
  • 3) Mason Rudolph - Upstaged by Mayfield's success at Oklahoma, Rudolph put together a terrific season of his own at Oklahoma State. A prolific passer for three seasons in Stillwater, as a senior, Rudolph tossed 37 TDs against nine interceptions along with nearly 5,000 passing yards. At 6-foot-5, Rudolph faces no questions about NFL size, and he certainly has a strong enough arm to play in the pros. Rudolph won't be practicing at the Senior Bowl but is expected to interview with NFL teams. Redskins coach Jay Gruden has said before the interviews are arguably the most important part of the pre-draft process, and this could be a big meeting. Rudolph isn't expected to go quite as high as Allen or Mayfield, and could even be drafted in the back half of the first round. 

There will be other quarterbacks playing in Mobile, including Washington State's Luke Falk, Nebraska's Tanner Lee, Virginia's Kurt Benkert, Troy's Brandon Silvers, Western Kentucky's Mike White and Kyle Lauletta of the University of Richmond. There is some intrigue surrounding Lauletta and White, especially as small school QBs continue to thrive in the NFL and both passers have NFL size and play best from the pocket. Not for nothing, Bruce Allen played football at Richmond too. 

It's a little weird that both Allen and Mayfield are on the same team, splitting reps in practice and snaps in the game. Then again Allen might not even play, so it could be irrelevant. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the week for updates from the Senior Bowl. 

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.